Living near oil or gas wells may up preterm birth risk

Living in close proximity to oil and gas wells may increase the risk of preterm birth, according to new research on births in California’s primary oil-producing region.

The study could inform discussions about the state’s implementation of setbacks from oil and gas extraction facilities.

Researchers examined 225,000 births from mothers who lived within about six miles of oil and gas wells in the San Joaquin Valley from 1998 to 2011.

About 17 million people in the US live within a mile of an active oil or gas well.

The results show that women who lived near wells in the first

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